Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday tabled in Lok Sabha a list of farmers who allegedly died during the farm laws agitation in the country. The former Congress president also demanded compensation and jobs for the next of kin of the deceased farmers.

Speaking during the Question Hour of Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi claimed around 700 farmers died in the farmers’ agitation.

“PM apologised to the nation and farmers, accepting that he made a mistake. On November 30, the Agriculture Minister was asked about how many farmers died in the agitation. He said he doesn’t have any data,” Rahul Gandhi said.

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Rahul Gandhi showed a list of 400 farmers from Punjab who died during the agitation. The families of these farmers, Rahul Gandhi said, were given Rs 5 Lakh compensation by the Punjab government and jobs were also given to 152 of them.

“We have made another list of 70 farmers from Haryana,” Rahul Gandhi said. “I want the farmers be given their rights, compensation as well as jobs.”

On December 4, Rahul Gandhi had accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being “insensitive” for not paying compensation to families of the farmers who died during the protest against the Centre’s three farm laws.

“These people have died as a result of the agitation. We are not talking about billions of Dollars, thousands of crores of rupees. We are talking about minimum compensation for the sacrifice they have made,” Rahul Gandhi had said.


India today

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